Polymer Clay 2.0: How to Make Polymer Clay Items and Learn Everything You Need to Know About Polymer Clay Basics for Beginners From A to Z

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This is your first polymer clay craft! It is a cute and fun craft that will take you no time at all.

First, find some polymer clay in a variety of colors. I bought a big bag with over 36 colors on Amazon. Check online or local craft shops to find this affordable and non-toxic material. The more colors, the better!

You don’t need much in the way of supplies. You need a working oven or toaster oven, and your fingers. That’s it! There is no need to raid your local craft store’s entire clay aisle. This craft is pretty easy to do just with your fingers and nothing else.

 Now, let’s begin with this simple and easy craft!

  1. Choose how big you want your piece to be. Generally, I would make it about four by four inches. This is a good size for decorations.
  2. Pinch off a good chunk of brown or yellow clay, about two by two. Start to roll between your palms to get it warm and pliable.
  3. Begin to pinch the clay out from the center, creating a flat disc. Pinch the sides up. This creates your fruit bowl.
  4. Now it’s time to make the fruit. We will start with an orange. Using a tiny pinch orange clay, rub it into a perfect ball between your palms. Take a cheesecloth and press it all over the ball, creating the rough texture of an orange peel.
  5. Now make your watermelon slice. Roll a pinch of dark green clay between your palms to create a tube. Then make a disc of red. Cut it with a bottle cap to create a perfect circle and wrap the green clay around it. Cut this disc in half. Dip a sewing needle in black clay and prick the red a few times to create seeds.
  6. Take pale green clay. Roll ten balls between your fingertips. They need to be really tiny! Smush four together in a row, then smush a row of three under that. Then two, then one, to create a bunch of grapes.
  7. Now it’s time for the pineapple. This is your largest fruit out of the others. Pinch yellow into a gourd shape. Then roll three green leaves in your fingertips to make the tall leaves. Smush it into the top of the pineapple. Score it with a needle and then use the needle to add brown clay to the score marks.
  8. Set all the fruit in the bowl. Holding it between your fingers, dip it in a bowl of resin to submerge it. Use a brush to evenly disperse the resin everywhere on the piece.
  9. Bake for an hour at 350.
  10. Now you have a clay fruit bowl that is indestructible to the elements!

 What can you use a clay fruit bowl for? Well, you can use it as a cute decoration for your kitchen or dining room, to inspire others to eat fresh fruit. You can make it and sell it to others looking for cute kitchen décor. Or you can gift it to someone who just really loves fruit. Consider selling it on consignment to a store that sells organic fruit, or a store that sells unique collectibles. Finally, you can use it as a promotion for a polymer clay business, to show off your skills for custom polymer clay designs. The possibilities are as limitless as they are with this craft!

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